I didn't finish this book, I couldn't make it past half way through the second chapter. It's like watching an episode of Neighbours and I've never las...moreI didn't finish this book, I couldn't make it past half way through the second chapter. It's like watching an episode of Neighbours and I've never lasted through one of those either.
This book tries way too hard to be edgy and ends up being a big pile of steaming pretentious bile.(less)
Noel Fielding is an amazing artist and tells wonderful stories. The book itself is very well crafted and feels good to hold... it also feels good to s...moreNoel Fielding is an amazing artist and tells wonderful stories. The book itself is very well crafted and feels good to hold... it also feels good to see so many colourful and original pieces all in the same place. If you like the Boosh, I don't see why you wouldn't love this book.
Anyone who has a passing interest in street art will have heard of Banksy and the work he has done. In fact, so many people are aware of his work that...moreAnyone who has a passing interest in street art will have heard of Banksy and the work he has done. In fact, so many people are aware of his work that it gets a little annoying from time to time, as it becomes a badge of honour for some people. To the point that I was getting sick and tired of hearing people say his name with that knowing tone that seems to say 'yeah, I'm hip too'. Thankfully this book restored my faith in why Banksy's infamy is well deserved.
I've never been able to actually sit down and read it until now, because I never had my own copy. It was always one of those books that people I know had on their coffee table. Some because they used it for inspiration (amongst other books) and some because they wanted to display it and tell everyone that came over that they were a little bit 'in the know' and had kept up with trends.
Thankfully the words in this book say a lot about the philosophy of the artist and the point/pointless nature of his work. Of course, there's a fine collection of photos and prints showing a portfolio of sorts, which is the main reason to gaze on this book, but the words round it off nicely and give the images a purpose.
It is inspiring to an artist; especially an artist who prefers deconstruction over profound technique (despite how developed Banksy's technique may actually be), and I'm thrilled to finally have a copy of my own that I can look at intricately and use for inspiration.
My interest in Banksy had waned a little as his name became the 'in thing' to discuss so that everyone knew you were a little bit alternative, but his work speaks for itself and cannot (in my mind) be disputed. Not to mention his methods and motivations, which deserve respect for their integrity.
Not to compare, but now when someone tries to show me how 'hip' they are by discussing Banksy, I can happily balance it with a few sentences from this book and lose the frustration.
Don't let the hipsters fool you into thinking that Banksy buys into the cocktail bar bullshit. Have a few minutes with this book and you'll be reminded why he actually is a great artist who matters... and why he really doesn't matter at all.(less)
I got a lot out of this, as someone who has always needed to learn ways to boost self-esteem and manage over-stimulating environments. Of course, I co...moreI got a lot out of this, as someone who has always needed to learn ways to boost self-esteem and manage over-stimulating environments. Of course, I couldn't relate to everything explored here, but for the most part I read this book as a way to possibly learn a bit more about myself. Indeed, discovering different ways to interpret ourselves is a worthwhile addition to our internal perspective, whether they apply literally or not.
Cain notes at the beginning of the book the academic concessions that she made in order to enhance readability, which I appreciated. Despite this, it's still quite an academic work, but reads very easily. Although I can understand why someone looking for some imaginary line of academic rigor to be met, could be left wanting.
Overall this book is a nice addition to the process of thought on why we behave the way that we do, and why we seek quiet, or stimuli in the ways that may or may not appear to be acceptable to the norms of society. Obviously Cain's motivation is to flesh out the notion of "introversion", so it's weighted toward the quiet end of the scale, but there's also balance for the "extroverts" mentioned as well. Cain pushes an understanding of both sides of the spectrum and a need to consider the differences that exist in society in order for harmony to be found and for everyone to be nurtured and inspired, no matter where they fit.(less)
I'm assuming I'm not alone when I say that I read this book off the back of Robinson's first TED talk, which was great and got me hooked to find out m...moreI'm assuming I'm not alone when I say that I read this book off the back of Robinson's first TED talk, which was great and got me hooked to find out more. With that said, the book is basically an extension of that talk. There are many parts which are exactly the same, and stories that are ones he told on stage... but there's a lot more depth and a wider net is cast as you might expect.
What I liked about it is that Robinson never says something like "do this and you'll be right" - it's not a recipe for success. Instead it's a good look at the shining examples that support his argument for a change in the way that we (as a society as well as individuals) consider talent and the paths that take us to success.
I guess the best way to sum up how I feel about this book is to say that it's just a damn interesting read. There are a lot of inspiring anecdotes that illustrate how beneficial it is for everyone when individuals are doing what they feel they are 'meant' to do.
Worth a read if you're a bit unsure about where you stand and what you see yourself doing... it might give you a bit of incentive to take some risks and go for the good stuff.(less)
Despite the fact that I have no connection whatsoever to New York or America, or anything that's captured in this book - I enjoyed it a lot.
I'm not su...moreDespite the fact that I have no connection whatsoever to New York or America, or anything that's captured in this book - I enjoyed it a lot.
I'm not sure if I'd like Bradford's photos one-at-a-time, because the picture painted by so many of his seemingly random shots speaks more about the city as a whole than a lot of the photos displayed here.
The words are good and give it all context, which I needed on account of the lack of familiarity I have with the subject matter. It also helps to expand on the culture of taxi drivers in New York and give a purpose and life to the pictures.
It's a great book and very interesting to an outsider like me. Definitely something I'll have a flip through from time to time.(less)
For me, this was really two books - one that I related with an disliked, and the other that I could not comprehend and therefore, also disliked. Essen...moreFor me, this was really two books - one that I related with an disliked, and the other that I could not comprehend and therefore, also disliked. Essentially, I didn't find a lot to like about this book, but I can also appreciate that most of the reasons I consider for this are purely subjective.
The part I couldn't really connect with, but appreciated (the saving grace in my opinion) was the grief and the repercussions of sexual abuse. The manner in which the grief over Liam's death was managed, did not resonate with me and instead read like a twelve year old's poetry - full of redundant ideals and shock-value references. Same with the sexual abuse - I have never been close to sexual abuse, so I have no reference point, which shouldn't matter, but in this book it did. I didn't pick up on a lot of things that I later read were in the text, mainly because I wasn't looking for them. Perhaps it's a good thing that it's so subtle at times? Perhaps I just didn't "get it"? Either way, I didn't find it all that deep when it came to the heavy themes.
On top of that, the first-person-present style that the story is told in gave me the shits all the way through. One more paragraph starting with "Here I am at age xx..." and I would have cried with frustration. It's just not a style I enjoy, so that was a bit of a let down as well. Not to mention the flowery/romanticism that gets applied to everything Veronica talks about. It seems she only has two ways of viewing the world: either highly idealistic and romantic, or with utter darkness and aggression. Maybe that can be put down to the effects of grief, but it just didn't work for me. I don't care about any of the twattle that fills up the first half of the book where she's essentially remembering things and saying "I don't know what happened... but here's what maybe/somehow/could have happened..."
Besides which, Veronica came off as a completely self-obsessed/narcissistic person who talked about irrelevant things at random moments. Aside from the pages of drivel about some scenario that didn't ever happen, but may have in some alternate universe; she is convinced that everyone is out to get her and that she's the only one with any insight or knowledge on anything.
There is the ambiguous question of whether or not she was abused as well, but it's not definite in the text and I didn't read that into it. However, it would explain the general hatred for men throughout, as well as the constant "us vs them" (read: "men vs women") attitude. According to Veronica, women are alright, if not a little bland and uninteresting, but all men are vicious sexual beasts who can only be related to through their genitals, at which time they only fuck you out of some desire to destroy you.
Finally, this reads as an extremely pretentious book, or perhaps Veronica reads as a ridiculously pretentious character with an immature perspective on the world. The mere fact that she always reduces other characters to their genitals, describing their "cocks" and what they would probably want to do with them (even when this is not relevant to the story) as often as she can seems gratuitous. It reads like a child who yells out "PENIS" and then giggles because they just did something naughty, but it's as useful as a sex-scene in a movie about tractors, and seems as though it's only there to throw something a bit "confronting" into the mix.
All in all I found this book a complete dredge to get through and I wouldn't have finished it if it wasn't a book-club book. I don't understand why it won awards, unlike other books I dislike (eg Great Expectations - obviously well written, but not my thing), which basically leaves me thinking that I either missed a crucial point, or it's simply not my thing.(less)
Highlights the difference between intended meaning and how it may be received. Does a good job of basically outlining that a lot of problems can be av...moreHighlights the difference between intended meaning and how it may be received. Does a good job of basically outlining that a lot of problems can be avoided if communication is used effectively. Worth a read for anyone who might want to show someone how much they love them, without it being misinterpreted.(less)
A neat little book with a concise, but broad range of tattoo examples - great for a reference to styles and various individual ideas, with a nice intr...moreA neat little book with a concise, but broad range of tattoo examples - great for a reference to styles and various individual ideas, with a nice introduction that points to the history and relevance of tattoos throughout various cultures.(less)
This book is fucking cool. Very much in line with the author. All I want to say is that the las page left a bi old smile on my face and that speaks vo...moreThis book is fucking cool. Very much in line with the author. All I want to say is that the las page left a bi old smile on my face and that speaks volumes to me. (less)
It's good that this series is getting better already, because the formula of meet monster/remove rosario/kick butt was perhaps wearing a little thin....moreIt's good that this series is getting better already, because the formula of meet monster/remove rosario/kick butt was perhaps wearing a little thin. Thankfully there have been a few different story elements coming up that change the pace, but still maintain the momentum.(less)
As everyone grows up, it's nice to see that the focus is moving away from being as cute as possible and delves into a few concepts about character and...moreAs everyone grows up, it's nice to see that the focus is moving away from being as cute as possible and delves into a few concepts about character and integrity.(less)
Junpei's stressful time as a high school student gets even more chaotic with this volume and some of the themes started in the first are given a bit m...moreJunpei's stressful time as a high school student gets even more chaotic with this volume and some of the themes started in the first are given a bit more leg room. It's easy to see Strawberry 100% as a bit of a trashy form of entertainment, but (at least for me) it presents a parody of high school life and makes light of some of the things that seemed so important and stressful at the time, but really, it's nothing. (less)
I haven't finished my own detox program yet, but I am already feeling much better and have lost a little weight and all that good stuff. I am generall...moreI haven't finished my own detox program yet, but I am already feeling much better and have lost a little weight and all that good stuff. I am generally apprehensive about books like this, because every nutritionist I have ever spoken with has no problem listing off all the terrible things that certain "fasting" diets do to your body. Most of the time it's due to the fact that many diets remove a bunch of things from your system, but do nothing to replenish those much needed vitamins, minerals, etc. Not to mention the complete disregard given to ensuring that these elements are able to be reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
However, with that in mind, this book/program/whatever has the right idea and Junger goes to great lengths to try and explain the benefit of not only removing toxicity, but supporting your body to clean house.
The best part of this book is that it actually discusses and analyses some of the food practices that are still being followed around the world and wonders why they keep happening. It would have been possible for Junger to get political and have a go at food companies for pushing a diet that will make a lot of money, but not a lot of sense - but thankfully he steers away from the political and sticks to the food instead.
Thus, like anything, it needs to be taken as it is and while this may not be the miracle cure that everyone's waiting for, I think it provides a good source of education and guidance around what your body is actually doing with food and toxins, providing a little more insight into how to make some informed choices when thinking about what to eat every day. (less)